We Review the Very Best Facial Cleansers
Washing your face is personal, but so too is picking the best cleanser for the task. Given how crucial the step is to a skin care routine, the decision is not one you want to make in haste. That said, not everyone has the time, money, or energy to trial-and-error a few dozen cleansers before landing on the best one. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to do the hard work for you by reviewing a handful of the very best facial cleansers to see if they’re really up to snuff. Scroll through for our reviews of some of the best facial cleansers from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Cleanser All-in-1 Rinse Off, $8.99 MSRP
The Garnier micellar family is expanding. The latest addition? Their Micellar Foaming Cleanser that can remove makeup and impurities from the skin’s surface without harsh rubbing. Ideal for all skin types (even sensitive), this formula differs from its predecessors in that it must be rinsed off after use. To learn more, read our review of the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Cleanser here and follow up with our review of the entire Garnier Micellar Water collection to find your perfect match.
Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser, $24 MSRP
Formulated with extracts of everyone’s favorite crudité (cucumbers), this formula gently melts away dirt, impurities and makeup and leaves the skin feeling conditioned, refreshed, and clean. To learn more, read our review of the Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser, here.
Lancôme Miel-en-Mousse Foaming Cleanser, $40 MSRP
Looking for a multi-tasking cleanser? Look no further than this 2-in-1 cleanser—formulated with acacia honey—that functions as both a daily facial cleanser AND a makeup remover. The sticky, honey-like texture transforms upon skin contact into a foam to rinse away dirt, makeup and impurities with ease. To learn more, read our review of the Lancôme Miel-en-Mousse Foaming Cleanser, here.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, $10.45 MSRP
Nothing against fancy cleansers, but sometimes a simple, no-frills drugstore formula is all it takes to get the job done. Case in point? CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser—formulated with ceramides and hyaluronic acid—which can remove dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural protective barrier. To learn more, read our review of the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, here.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water, prices vary
Ever since French-favorite micellar water landed Stateside, dozens upon dozens of iterations have popped up from some of our very favorite brands, including La Roche-Posay. With four different micellar waters in their portfolio, there’s one for every skin type—including oily, sensitive, and dry—to remove makeup and impurities in one fell swoop. To learn more, read our review of the La Roche-Posay Micellar Water collection, here.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, $32 MSRP
Cleansing your skin with oils sounds like a recipe for breakouts, but—when done correctly—the process actually leaves the skin feeling clean and replenished. Give it a try with this aromatic, lightweight oil which emulsifies with water to a gentle cleansing milk. The formula can effectively dissolve stubborn makeup and impurities without stripping the skin. To learn more, read our review of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, here.
L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water, prices vary
Some brands offer one micellar water in their portfolio for all skin types, but L’Oreal Paris took things a step further by curating a selection of three micellar waters formulated for specific skin types and concerns. To learn more, read our review of the L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water collection, here.